More than 20 infectious diseases in the United States can be prevented by vaccination. Some vaccines are routinely administered to both children and adults. Other vaccines are given under special circumstances to military personnel, travellers whose destination are certain foreign countries, and the chronically ill.
These preventable diseases include adenovirus, cholera, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Lyme disease, measles, meningococcal disease, poliomyelitis, rabies, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid, varicella, and yellow fever.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a schedule for vaccination for children Web site (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ mm5351-Immunizationa1.htm).
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